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Institute Affiliate Faculty

Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS) Affiliate Faculty come from departments across the College of Science and Mathematics. They provide research, educational, or other opportunities to students in order to fulfill the mission of the ICPS and may collaborate with ICPS faculty on research, grants, or other projects. 

Christine Bedore, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Sensory ecology, health of coastal elasmobranchs

Lisa Brown, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Insect immunity, arthropod vectors, ecological immunology

John Carroll, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Benthic ecology; shellfish restoration and restoration ecology; applied coastal ecology

Michelle Cawthorn, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Mammalian urban ecology, population biology, mammalian behavior

Zhan Chen, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Research Interests: Mathematical biology and computational sciences

Risa Cohen, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Nutrient dynamics and water quality, aquatic community structure, ecotoxicology, restoration ecology, and disturbance ecology

Sarah Friedman, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Mantle properties and paleomagnetism across divergent boundaries

Joshua Gibson, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics, native and invasive biology

Stephen Greiman, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Parasite systematics and evolution

Michele Guidone, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Community ecology, anthropogenic influences on species interactions, microplastic pollutants

Alan Harvey, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Ecology of invasive invertebrates and plants, reproductive ecology of orthopterans, lichens of the Coastal Plain

Jay Hodgson, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Aquatic ecology; predator and prey ecology; paleoecology; pedagogy of teaching evolution

Dongyu Jia, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Cancer, disease models, Drosophila, and genetics

Heather Joesting, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Coastal plant ecology – reproductive potential and nursery production of Spartina alterniflora, plant adaptations in sand dune communities

Jacque Kelly, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Groundwater Isotope Geochemistry, Coastal Hydrology, Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing, Electrical Resistivity Tomography

Lissa Leege, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Coastal dune restoration, invasive species ecology, population and community ecology of endangered plants

Meimei Lin, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Environmental planning and justice, urbanization, land change science, climate change, and agricultural sustainability

Lance McBrayer, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology, herpetology, organismal biology

Michele McGibony, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Metalloproteins, Metalloenzymes, and Natural Products as Therapeutics

Georgianne Moore, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Tropical biology, forest ecology, ecohydrology, global change, and coastal/wetlands

Beverly Penland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Biologically mimicking nanoparticle synthesis, wastewater remediation, textile dye adsorption, metal cation adsorption

Rocio Perez, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Water quality, water remediation, environmental chemistry, quantification of contaminants in water

Amy Potter, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Climate change and heritage tourism, food security

Rafael Lopes Quirino, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Bio-based polymers and composites

Jamie Roberts, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Ecology, evolution, and conservation of freshwater fishes and mussels; ecology of coastal plain streams; landscape and conservation genetics

Helen Rosko, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Development (international and domestic), climate change adaptation, rural livelihoods

Aaron Schrey, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Epigenetic response to stress, molecular ecology, invasive species, and conservation

Travis Swanson, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Sedimentology, Geomorphology

Wei Tu, Department of Geology and Geography

Research Interests: Health and environmental geography, spatial epidemiology, and Bayesian models

Mark Vincent dela Cerna, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Interests: Drug and chemical probe discovery against understudied and underutilized protein targets — such as targeting protein tyrosine phosphatases in cancers

Stephen P. Vives, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Fish ecology

Divine Wanduku, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Research Interests: Mathematical Ecology ( population ecology, and behavioral ecology); Biostatistics (Chain binomial models, statistical inferences in stochastic biological systems); Infectious disease dynamics (Vector-borne diseases- e.g. Malaria & dengue Fever; human-to-human infectious diseases HIV/AIDS, influenza etc.); Complex social networks and infectious dynamic models in complex social networks

Tiehang Wu, Department of Biology

Research Interests: Molecular microbial ecology; environmental microbiology; soil ecology; mycorrhizas

Last updated: 10/7/2022